New York City – New York, NY – With the growing movement to turn the anniversary of September 11, 2001 into a day of charity work and community service, Giants offensive lineman Grey Ruegamer and quarterback Eli Manning joined the trend by participating in BGC Partners Third Annual Global Charity Day which raised over $6 million dollars for charity.
BGC Partners, a worldwide inter-dealer brokerage firm, pledged that 100% of revenues generated through trading on September 11th would be donated to a number of charities around the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Australia. In the US, the receiving charities included The Cancer Research Institute, Books for Kids Project FIND, Wounded Warrior Project, Blythedale Children's Hospital, and NARSAD.
Grey and Eli were not just casual visitors to BGC's offices; they were an integral part of the day's activity. It was a hectic scene as the whole office was busy with transactions, and after greeting employees and receiving a tutorial on what each group in the company handled, Grey and Eli quickly found themselves joining in on the action.
Both Grey and Eli spent time on the phone with other brokers encouraging them to complete trades on that day in order to raise money for the six charities represented. The office was a different atmosphere than what the players are most used to, but the cheers they received when a trade was finalized was similar to one heard during a game, and represented yet another donation for the six deserving charities.
Pierce Makes First Visit of the Year to Giants Academy
While Eli and Grey were in New York City, Antonio was back at Giants Academy in Newark, NJ, to make his first visit of the year. Antonio's visit was focused on welcoming the students back after their long summer off, and explaining his hopes for their academic performance this school year. It was also announced that Antonio would be bringing the top 25 academically performing students from the first semester to the Giants vs. Vikings home game on November 25th.
Giants Academy, the Giants Foundation's charter academic program located in Louise A. Spencer School in Newark, NJ, was opened in September of 1994. The program is a cooperative effort between The Giants Foundation and Communities in Schools of Newark to create a heightened learning environment for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in Spencer School who are designated as "at risk" students.
In 2006, Antonio Pierce started "Antonio's A-List" at Giants Academy. "Antonio's A-List" is a motivational incentive program that rewards Giants Academy Students that maintain a "B" average including one "A" in a major subject each semester and for the entire school year. Antonio makes regular visits to the Academy throughout the year to check on the kids' academic performance.